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5 Oct
Observational studies: From the November 30, 2021 Decree to the new document of the National Coordination Center for Ethics Committees
Pharmacological observational studies concern drugs prescribed according to an authorized therapeutic indication and based on normal clinical practice.
19 Apr
Electronic prescriptions: Recent updates
A note published by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy and Finance on March 3, 2022, announced that as of January 31, 2022, electronic prescriptions for drugs that are not reimbursed by the National Health System are operational in parts of the Italian territory.
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
1 Mar 21
E-prescriptions now available also for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS
On December 30, 2020, the Ministry of Economy and Finance adopted a decree (“Ministerial Decree”) that provided the possibility for doctors to issue e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the National Health Service (“NHS”).
New safety features for most prescription medicines and some OTC medicines supplied in the EU
1 Oct 17
The Consiglio di Stato rules Italian regions cannot introduce restrictions to the prescription of innovative drugs
The Italian administrative court of last instance (“Consiglio di Stato”), in its recent ruling no. 4546 of 29 September, 2017, stated that Italian regions cannot issue recommendations to limit the prescription of innovative drugs compared to those established by the Italian Agency for Medicines (the “AIFA”).
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September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
The 2021 annual law for market and competition addressing, as to the healthcare sector, reimbursement of drugs, intermediate distribution, patent linkage and institutional accreditation of p...
July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
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